The Critical Care team is a group of specially trained caregivers who work in a special area of the hospital known as the intensive care unit, or ICU. They come from many professions and can help very ill patients get better. The care team often teach the patient and family strategies that improve health and well-being.
An ICU stay is stressful for everyone including the patient and their loved ones. Because the unexpected can happen at anytime, it is best to educate yourself and your loved ones about what the experience may be like.
The American Thoracic Society has an excellent PDF pamphlet on this subject. Read it here.
Because the ICU experience is stressful for everyone, dedicated staff are available at the hospital. You can ask for the case manager, social worker or chaplain to come visit you and your loved one while in the ICU.
In addition to providing support, the case manager and/or social worker can help with paperwork that may be necessary.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) provides excellent resources for patients and their families.
PICS is a term to describe health problems that remain after critical illness. They are present when the patient is in the ICU and may persist after the patient returns home.
The American Thoracic Society has an excellent PDF pamphlet on PICS. Read it here.
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